I placed an article on the subject of Christie Elan-Cane in Wikipedia recently. However it has been deleted, without a satisfactory reason for this happening. This article has been blocked because, according to Wikipedia, it ‘does not indicate the importance or significance of the subject’. This is both incorrect and censorship.
The administration team at Wikipedia are rather high and mighty in their zeal to protect the integrity of Wikipedia, but their perspective of the world is rather skewed. Perhaps they view non-gendered activism as too way out to be considered a subject worthy of note by Wikipedia users. On the other hand, there are numerous entries for persons who have contributed to the porn industry.
Christie has an important message to get across, and will be heard. The significance of Christie’s work is self evident, and will eventually be acknowledged even by the dimwits at Wikipedia.
Christie Elan-Cane is a non-gendered activist.
Christie Elan-Cane is fighting for the right to be legally recognised and socially accepted as a person of non-gendered identity and for the removal of gendered references from per[i] identification documentation and from all per official records.
Christie Elan-Cane advocates that legal recognition of per non-gendered identity is a fundamental human rights issue and has always been unequivocal in promoting the issue as a human rights issue in the United Kingdom whereas the UK authorities have traditionally sought to pathologise all trans. related issues.
Christie has never compromised in per belief that the framework of an exclusively gendered societal structure needs to change in order that socially invisible human existence outside the gendered societal structure is accorded due validity and that provision is granted by the governing bodies within gendered society to ensure that any human being whose core identity lies outside the gendered societal structure can function ably and are treated as an individual of equal worth within gendered society. Christie Elan-Cane is fighting for equality of treatment as accorded the “privileged gendered majority”.
Christie’s groundbreaking paper The Fallacy of the Myth of Gender[ii] explains in some detail the logic behind the core theories developed by Christie. The theories were born from Christie’s personal experience of being not just ‘trapped in the wrong body’ but profoundly out of place in a society that only recognised human existence within gendered roles of male and female. Denied the normative reference points that offer transsexual people within the gendered societal structure something tangible and discernable to aim for, Christie’s ‘journey’ started through intuition and with no discernable aim or ending in sight.
Christie Elan-Cane adopted a provocative and stylized androgynous appearance while in per mid 20s and deliberately erased all gendered indicators from per outer appearance. Christie went through the process of changing per outward and internal physicality and removing unwanted gendered characteristics through surgery after reaching per early 30s. The search for a medical practitioner willing to sanction or perform surgery was not straightforward and years had been spent from Christie’s life in the course of trying to find the right surgeon to perform the first operation, because the NHS[iii] general practitioner with whom Christie was registered at the time refused to consider Christie’s appeal for help. Christie was forced to pay for surgery but believes private treatment was the best option with benefit of hindsight, as the result of surgery was highly satisfactory and without complication but furthermore the plastic surgeon ensured that Christie’s needs were absolute in determining a satisfactory outcome rather than adhering towards a ‘routine’ approach. The NHS did agree to fund the second stage of Christie’s physical transition two years later because the surgical procedure fell within a treatment category where surgery was routinely available to gendered patients. The result of the second procedure was also highly satisfactory. Having completed the physical stages of transformation and now ‘at peace’ within per own body, Christie was able to move on. Christie has never regretted subjecting per healthy but inappropriately formed body to the processes of physical change through surgery and per only regret is the wasted years.
Christie was looking for answers and could not find answers within the limitations of a social perimeter centred within the bi-polarised gendered societal structure since neither of the two socially accepted gendered identities permitted by the gendered societal structure were aligned with Christie’s core identity and, furthermore, inappropriate gendered classification was not what Christie wanted. Christie began to consider the notion of personal identity outside the gendered societal structure and upon reflection many things that had proved troubling from memories of per earliest years through to adulthood now began to make sense and things appeared to fall into place as a crystallisation of self-awareness signified a completion of per metaphorical journey. With an almost sudden realisation of knowing and understanding of per identity there was the dilemma that disclosure would render Christie a non-person in the eyes of the law and a freak in the mindset of gendered society.
Ultimately Christie decided to disclose the truth of per identity as per was unable to continue to lead a dual existence and believed there had to be a greater purpose behind per monumental journey and life experience. Christie’s life changed irrevocably from that moment in 1992 and per life is now given towards raising awareness and educating a societally conditioned gendered population through per campaigning for the basic and fundamental human right to receive fair and equal treatment as accorded the “privileged gendered majority”. At first Christie faced ridicule and an uncomprehending reaction from many within gendered society but refused to revert into an inappropriately gendered existence. That was not an option as, having embraced per true identity, Christie could never go back. Christie has described the enforcement of gendered classification and social categorisation upon the non-gendered individual as “inhumane”. Christie has, over the years, found support for per campaign from across the social spectrum and has links with other individuals who are affected by the issue and established contact with organisations that support the issue from around the world. Christie has won the respect of many within the academic community where per theories have been studied and awarded credibility.
Christie Elan-Cane has made considerable progress through the persuasion and moral grounding of per argument but remains in a position of social limbo in the United Kingdom, unable to obtain essential documentation without declaring an inappropriate gendered role on an application form and unable to participate within any social space or area of life where a gendered role is assumed or deemed to be necessary.
Christie was an unlikely and reluctant human rights activist and admits that full-time awareness raising and campaigning for equality of treatment and the same fundamental rights and benefits as statutorily accorded to others as of birthright was not what per had envisaged for per future, but Christie felt that life had not offered per any other choice because societal change was not going to manifest without intervention. Christie admits to feeling often resentful about the circumstances that determined the course of per adult life. The ongoing fight for societal legitimacy and acceptance as a person of non-gendered identity has placed a great level of responsibility upon Christie that per sometimes feels under equipped to deal with.
Christie is more interested in fine wines and recently achieved a WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. Prior to a public disclosure of per non-gendered identity, Christie used to work in the City of London and was also a club DJ in the 1980s, embarking on flying lessons with an ambition to pilot aircraft professionally. In the event of allowing perself to be ‘outed’ rather than continue the facade, Christie was denied the opportunity to pursue any kind of career after being forced out of the workplace through discrimination. Now an accomplished writer (though seldom seen in mainstream publications) and relentless campaigner, Christie is driven by an intense anger at the injustice of lost opportunity that remains raw to this day.
Christie Elan-Cane maintains that enforced gendered categorisation, with an inappropriate gendered classification on per birth certificate, ensuring Christie has to deny per core identity (and become an unwilling collaborator in per own social invisibility) when applying for or renewing essential documentation, such as a passport or driver licence, are fundamental breaches of per basic rights as a human being.
Christie has identified a number of areas where per believes per rights have been and continue to be breached under The Universal Declaration of Human Rights[iv] and The European Convention on Human Rights[v] through lack of legal recognition by the governing authorities within the gendered societal structure and consummate lack of understanding concerning per right to identify outside the gendered societal structure that detrimentally affects per ability to function productively as a non-gendered human being within society.
Christie campaigns for equality and parity of treatment for non-gendered people (and all human existence outside the gendered societal structure) as accorded the privileged gendered majority.
Christie’s website[vi] is a chronicle of how the issue is being progressed and contains some of Christie’s thoughts on related issues.
The following statement underlines Christie Elan-Cane’s fight for social justice outside the gendered societal structure:
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered.
[i] ‘per’ (an abbreviation of person) is Christie’s preferred pronoun in place of gendered pronouns he/she/him/her
[ii] The Fallacy of the Myth of Gender by Christie Elan-Cane, Gendys2k, University of Manchester 2000
[iii] The National Health Service (NHS) is the state controlled public health provider for the United Kingdom. The NHS is funded through taxed National Insurance contributions. The NHS mandate is to provide healthcare that is free at point of delivery
[iv] The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (The General Assembly of the United Nations, 1948):
Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights
Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of any kind
Article 6: Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law
Article 7: All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law
Article 21.2: Everyone has equal access to public service in his country
Article 23.1: Everyone has the right to work .... and to protection against unemployment
Article 27.1: Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community
[v] The European Convention on Human Rights (The Council of Europe, 1950):
Article 8.1: Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life
Article 14: The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground